SAN DIEGO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- At the 65th annual conference for the American Academy of Neurology, InTouch Health today announced that more than 60% of all U.S. TeleStroke networks are powered by its InTouch® Telemedicine System. In 2012, 17 new hospital systems chose InTouch Health bringing the total installed base to 11% of all U.S. hospitals representing more than 700 hospital locations. InTouch Health’s TeleStroke customers now include 13 of the top 40 neuroscience centers of excellence as defined by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 Best Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
New customers represented in today’s announcement include three prominent health systems, all of whom switched to the InTouch Telemedicine System from their existing solution providers. InTouch Health is seeing this trend continue in 2013 with the just completed conversion of an academic Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Midwest from a competing vendor. In addition, 2012 marked several other key market leading indicators of InTouch Health’s TeleStroke leadership:
“We are honored to be working with many of the nation’s top hospitals to innovate new healthcare delivery models that save lives by providing timely access to specialist care while lowering costs,” said Yulun Wang, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO for InTouch Health. Dr. Wang added, “As TeleStroke continues to be adopted as a standard of care, our customers continue to expand into several more clinical applications where the unmet needs of the patient population are significant. InTouch Health remains poised to lead the rapid adoption for acute care telemedicine.”
TeleStroke networks allow leading neuroscience centers to extend their services to outlying hospitals in a “hub and spoke” arrangement to serve the unmet needs of surrounding communities. TeleStroke networks have been shown to be effective in improving access to specialists and treatment modalities for stroke patients leading to improved outcomes. TeleStroke may also reduce the incidence of long-term disability and improve quality of life for stroke patients while reducing overall healthcare costs.
About InTouch Health
InTouch Health provides today’s only comprehensive, end-to-end TeleStroke solution that increases network access and utilization by enhancing ease-of-use, reliability and performance. Comprised of enhanced, remote-presence technology, intuitive documentation software and medical imaging tools, the FDA-cleared InTouch Telemedicine System enables the most complete experience for conducting real-time TeleStroke consults.
InTouch Health is the leader in providing telemedicine solutions for high-acuity applications where doctors are required to take immediate clinical action. Its InTouch Telemedicine System is the industry’s only fully integrated end-to-end solution encompassing clinical data management, medical imaging, 24/7 technical support, clinical consulting services and the SureConnect® cloud-based infrastructure. By removing time and distance barriers, this System effectively enables physicians to perform real-time consults with hospital patients through a host of purpose-built telemedicine devices. Deployed on six continents, over 11% of all U.S. hospitals use the InTouch Telemedicine System.